Good News United Methodist Church recently welcomed Rev. Bradley Goode as their new pastor.

For the past five years, Goode has been the associate pastor at Dauphin Way UMC in Mobile, Alabama. Before that, he served nearly 10 years at Saint James UMC in Montgomery, where he married his wife, Rachel, had their first child, Caroline, 9, and adopted their daughter, Amelia, 7, from Uganda. They later had their son, Owen, 3, in Mobile.

Goode grew up in central Illinois, but said he has loved the South since the moment he arrived in 2002. Before that, he worked in churches in Detroit, Honolulu, and Vail. Goode completed his masters of divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary in May, and received his undergraduate degree in religion from Olivet Nazarene University.

“My wife and I traveled to 30A for our honeymoon 11 years ago, spent several family vacations here and never imagined we would get to live and serve the church in such a beautiful place,” Goode said in a release.

Good News is also opening up their new Preschool Building on Aug. 14 which allows the school to double in size. To coincide with the new school year, the church will kick off a new four-week sermon series titled "Raising the Next Generation" on Aug. 20.

If you have any questions about Good News or the Beginnings Preschool, contact the church at 850-622-9191.